Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ones to Watch on the Box This Week

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ones to Watch on the Box This Week

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PLANET'S GOT TALENT SATURDAY, ITV, 6.30PM WHEN Paul O'Grady hosted the pilot for Britain's Got Talent, UK TV bosses weren't impressed.

However, Simon Cowell knows a good format when he sees it, so he sold the Opportunity Knocks-style show to US TV bosses.

ITV took a renewed interest, and suddenly Britain's Got Talent became one of Blighty's best-loved programmes. Then the rest of the world seemed to follow suit with their own versions of the glitzy talent strand.

Now, narrator Warwick Davis, pictured left, and a team have compiled a 'best of ' strand to bring you Planet's Got Talent (ITV, 6.30pm). "We celebrate not only the odd, the unusual and the funny, but also the brilliant and the awe-inspiring," explains Warwick.

The first episode features a dog that can do back flips on America's Got Talent; amazing Russian acrobats; an apple-hating Korean woman, and (Warwick's favourite) a man in India who can stuff 200 straws into his mouth at once.

"I don't know what he was thinking when he thought that was a good idea to go on a talent show with it, and how do you discover you can do that? I thought that was slightly odd and unusual."

In case you're wondering, there is a second run of Warwick's Weekend Escapes in the pipeline, and more planet-based talent when Warwick returns to that galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December.

CALL THE MIDWIFE SUNDAY, BBC1, 8PM THERE are few jobs more rewarding than MIDWIFEry. Playing such an integral part in bringing new life into the world probably makes for quite a good storytelling hour down the local. it certainly makes for a good storyline or two in this stunning drama, and has done for three series before now.

Great news for fans came last year when it was announced that a fifth series had been commissioned and will air in 2016.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves - the ladies of Call the MIDWIFE are as excited as us about the latest series, starting tonight on BBC1.

Jenny Agutter, who plays Sister Julienne, explains: "It's lovely coming back to the fourth season, seeing all the familiar faces and getting the nuns and midwives together again. …

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